I: THE HISTORY OF THE ORPHAN

Orphan as Symbol

The particularities of each Orphan story may differ, but the heroism of every Orphan character is set in motion by a few essential characteristics. This distinct and consistent form can be identified according to a few basic attributes.

Age: 3-17

Negotiating Gender Identity

Autonomous and self sufficient

Acute sensitivity to their surroundings

Charming & resourceful

Inherently tragic

These attributes are the foundation for how the Orphan became a symbol of some of our most cherished cultural ideals.

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Age 3-17

Gender Identity

Fountain = Autonomy

acute sensitivity of their surroundings

Charming and Resourceful

Inherently Tragic